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Do The People Who Make Lean Cuisine Also Make Nutrisystem?

Posted by david on June 29, 2012

Author: Ava Alderman

I get a lot of emails from people who seem to think the lean cuisine and Nutrisystem meals are one in the same and that one is merely the version of the diet that you can buy in the grocery store. This is a common misconception, but it’s really not true. I’ll tell you why in the following article.

Nutrisystem And Lean Cuisine Are Made By Different Manufacturers: Lean Cuisine started out as sort of an off shoot of Stouffer foods. The parent company (Nestle) seemingly wanted to offer a healthier alternative to the Stouffer line of frozen foods. The line was created in 1981.

Nutrisystem on the other hand was founded in 1972. It is run out of the United States also, but it is a completely different product which is manufactured by a completely different company. Actually, these two are competitors. There are a bit of similarities and differences between them, which I will discuss below.

Some Key Differences Between Nutrisystem And Lean Cuisine: Lean Cuisine is basically comprised of frozen dinners and lunches. There is a good bit of variety in the foods. For example, Italian, Asian, and Spanish dishes are all represented here. And, the foods are pretty low in calories, although I personally feel that they are sometimes a bit high in carbs and sodium.

Nutrisystem does offer some frozen meals also. But, there are also prepackaged meals in the lineup. They have over 150 good choices and offer a lot of popular “comfort food” type options including pizza, burgers, tacos, fajitas, chocolate cake etc. Also, they offer breakfasts, desserts and snacks, which are a couple of areas where Lean Cuisine falls somewhat short. The foods are also marginally lower in carbs and calories and a bit higher in protein which may be important to you if you if your goal is to get into ketosis for quicker weight loss. The company also offers free support and counseling which I find very helpful.

Another difference is that you can get the lean cuisine in some grocery stores, while you generally have to order Nutrisystem online. There’s some debate as to whether there’s a cost difference. Many assume that the grocery store options are cheaper, but this doesn’t always work out to be the case. If you order a package from Nutrisystem and make use of the coupons that are often offered, you can generally get the cost down to a little bit over $2.00 per meal which is quite comparable, if not sometimes lower.

It really comes down to which diet you feel is going to offer you the most effectiveness, choices, and decent tasting food for the time and money that you’re going to put into it. That’s going to vary from person to person.

To get the latest Nutrisystem coupon codes discussed in this article (or to see a list of all of the foods), please check out my blog (where you can also read my free e book “Getting The Most Out Of Nutrisystem” which includes recipes, the latest specials (up to two weeks free or over $100 off), information on all of the programs, tips, support, and motivation. Check it out if you like at

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